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Hi friends,

Welcome to my first ever weekly email. Feels a bit weird to be writing one of these, but I’ve heard that anything that’s worth doing feels weird initially, so it’s fine.

This week I've discovered the concept of "A Second Brain".

Tiago Forte describes the idea best in this article:
How many brilliant ideas have you had and forgotten? How many insights have you failed to take action on? How much useful advice have you slowly forgotten as the years have passed?

I then discovered Ali Abdaal's video where he outlines his 10 principles of a second brain, and I was hooked. Off to Notion I went to start curating the content I read this week into my second brain. My overriding thought as I organised what I'd been reading this week was "This is amazing, why didn't I do it sooner?"

For anyone short on time, I summarised Ali's video over on my Twitter

I'll be sharing my thoughts on building a second brain in the coming weeks as it evolves. I hopefully gain a new found understanding of the content I consume.

Also - I've recently launched a new podcast 6 Minute Software Development. The show focuses on actionable tips for software developers or tech leads in 6 minutes or less. If you do listen, I'd love your feedback so I can continue to improve the show.

PS: Please let me know what you thought of this email, if you have a spare few seconds. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what was useful about it and what could be changed ✌️

My Favourite Things

Kyle Tibbitts Guide to Podcasting

I found this Twitter thread a great resource as I started working on my podcast. I hope to be bringing guests onto the show in the coming weeks, and will be following the advice that Kyle outlines in this thread.

Arvid Kahl - How I Use Twitter

Like many of us, I'm trying to grow my Twitter audience. Arvid shares his thoughts on how he uses Twitter in his latest blog post. I really enjoyed his principle of, "First Engagement, then Content, then Sharing". 

My go to Spotify playlist for when I want to concentrate

I found this brilliant playlist from Julian Shapiro really has helped me focus when spending large amount of time in front of a computer either coding or writing (I'm listening to it now for example!).

Julian describes the playlist as "flow-inducing music with a steady beat and no vocals"

My Favourite Video

How to Focus on Your Work - 3 Lessons from "Hyperfocus"
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